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In a recent article "Anti-Immigration Group Blames Students for Maryland Budget's Gap"
written by Walter Ewingand published on www. web site (one of
the American Immigration Council Project), the author sharply criticizes the
conclusion made by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).  FAIR asserts
that unauthorized immigrant students or students with unauthorized immigrant parents
are the key problem of Maryland's financial woes. Talk about finding a scapegoat of
society's woes!  However, to target parents can only result in negative rebounds on
the children of our society.

FAIR is a nonprofit organization of "concerned citizens" who declare that their purpose
is to "advocate immigration policies that will best serve American . . . interests. " 
FAIR explains that according to its calculations unauthorized immigrant students cost
Maryland taxpayers $1.3 billion, specifically, K-12 education.  They disregard the fact
that 69% of those students are US citizens, although the children of illegal immigrant
parents.  FAIR argues that if not for the illegal immigrant parents, those children
would not be in the US; and therefore, they would not be an expense to the US taxpayers. 
Also, if the parents were deported, the children would likely follow their parents. 
According to FAIR, these kids are only an "expense" and everybody would be relieved if
they leave the country.  FAIR seriously grieves that "those U.S.-born children are not
deportable like their parents."

FAIR also argues that under "Maryland DREAM Act" the unauthorized immigrant students
would be a heavier burden to the budget when they grow up and become eligible for
in-state tuition rates at Maryland colleges.  In order to solve this problem, FAIR
suggests "attrition through enforcement" strategy.  That means that under some
conditions the illegal immigrants will willfully leave the US taking their children with
them.  Still, the crucial factor is  left out by FAIR's blunt narrow-mindedness.  It is
important to recognize that most of those students are the future of the United States. 
They will soon become American workers, consumers, entrepreneurs and, finally, taxpayers;
and it is in the best interest of the US economy to educate these children to allow them
contribute to this country's future when they grow up.

It is clear that the fiscal effect of unauthorized immigrants is not FAIR's primary
worry.  FAIR concludes that there is the "the impact on the education of other students
if the learning environment is negatively affected by students with limited English
language proficiency."  FAIR goes on explaining that "social cohesion may be strained
by foreign language communications barriers."  These comments are applied to all
non-English speaking immigrants. This reveals FAIR's true ideology hidden behind the
financial concerns -xenophobia - as the author of the article sums up: "they never met
an immigrant they didn't dislike."


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